How did she do? She was extremely close in her second place finish. When a twelve year old is beating 99% of high schoolers in a meet, then obviously the people she is beating are not that great. Which is fine. I would have her run those meets as well if she can hold her own. My point is that if the kid I am talking about holds more records than Grace does, and he got beaten pretty badly, maybe those high school races full of older elite kids are not the right meets for him to enter. Even if he ran his best time there (which he didn't), he still would have lost pretty badly. Grace was always near the top in those races so they aren't really stacked with older talent. I don't care how good a twelve year old is, if they go against top level 17-18 year olds, they are going to lose pretty badly. So no, honestly I don't think her competition was too good. Sorry that you think a twelve year old waxing most of a high school field doesn't mean that the high school kids aren't that good, but it is what it is. Is that hard to understand? These are fully developed athletes that twelve and thirteen year olds are running against. If they are top caliber, they will always beat the younger and less physically developed kids.
My God, why do I post on here? Seriously, you people must be dense. Sorry, but after trying to have an intelligent discussion with people who have differing view points, I have been insulted quite a bit. Problem is, the people insulting me are not very intelligent themselves based on the responses. Yes, my kids actually get grouped with older kids in track quite a bit and mostly win but that is not a reflection of how great they are as much as it is a reflection of how bad the older kids are. When we get to nationals, they have enough trouble beating everyone in their own age group, let alone older kids who are going to nationals to win.
p.s. Grace couldn't even win nationals in her own age group. The kid I am talking about crushed everyone at nationals. So if a bunch of eighteen year olds are losing to her, maybe we shouldn't be calling them elite.